Experts in a diverse range of industries have increased their use of technology to address persistent challenges. Education has adopted this trend. Classroom teachers, administrators, researchers, and policy-makers utilize technology to enhance teacher effectiveness and student readiness for college and career. Well-designed technologies, combined with effective instructional leaders, can personalize learning for learners by maximizing use of their strengths, addressing their weaknesses, and leveraging their interests. We believe that such digital learning solutions are created through deep collaboration between students, educators, parents, administrators, technologists, and researchers. Our people-centered, team-based design approach ensures that our technology-enabled solutions meet the evolving needs of educators, parents, and their children.
The ability to read, write, speak, and listen are critical literacy abilities that evolve over a lifetime. From infants who use rudimentary language tools to interact with parents, caregivers, and siblings to adults whose career success relies on refined use of all four modalities, literacy demands grow more sophisticated over time. Research suggests that expertise in literacy unfolds gradually over-time through the quality and quantity of literacy activities completed. Emerging evidence suggests that engaging in a particular type of activity, deliberate practice, can enhance the development of literacy. We believe that effective teaching complemented by technology-based deliberate practice can help to immerse learners in personalized opportunities to support life-long development of literacy learning.
The growing ubiquity of technology-enabled solutions to enhance literacy has led to an almost overwhelming increase in the amount of data available to educators and parents. Use of traditional once-per-year summative assessments have been supplemented by benchmark/progress monitoring tests, formative assessments, and personalized learning platforms that embed assessment inside of learning activities. The prodigious volumes of data generated by an individual, multiplied by the number of learners in a class, school, and district can overwhelm consumers of the data-stream. We collaborate with users of personalized learning tools to ensure that data, when combined with the expertise of educators, inform next-moment, next-day, and next-year instruction.